‘Bangladesh is…: ’ Sheikh Hasina on recent attacks on Hindu community – Hindustan Times
There have been several media reports about attacks and hostility against the minority Hindu population in Bangladesh. There were also reports of vandalism of Durga Puja pandals or Hindu temples.
Ahead associated with her visit to India, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said countries should show “magnanimity” when asked about incidents of attacks on the Hindu community in her country, asserting that Bangladesh is a secular country and her government takes immediate action when such incidents take place.
“I think that both the country should show their magnanimity and our part, you know Bangladesh is the secular country and we have many religions here. And the religious harmony is here, very much. So one or two incidents when it takes place immediately… especially my party… my party people, they are very much, conscious about it and furthermore my government. We immediately take action, ” Hasina told news agency ANI.
There has been several media reports about assaults and hostility contrary to the minority Hindu population in Bangladesh. There were also reports of vandalism of Durga Puja pandals or Hindu temples.
Hasina said her government strongly supports secularism and any attempts to disturb communal harmony are instantly dealt with.
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Hasina also contended that extremism was not limited to the girl country as many countries, including India, were witnessing it.
“As long as we are in power, we always give importance to that and I always tell them (the minority) that you are our citizens. You should own our own country. But some incidents sometimes take place but immediately we take action. It is sometimes, it happened, it’s very unwanted situation but you know very well it is not only Bangladesh, even India also occasionally minorities suffered, ” she said.
Hasina will come to India for a State visit from September 5 to September 8. During her visit, Hasina will call upon President Droupadi Murmu plus Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar and hold bilateral consultations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the MEA said. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will call on the prime minister. She is also likely to check out Ajmer.
Attacks on Hindu community in Bangladesh
In July, many organisations across Bangladesh held protests against the attack on the particular Hindu community in the country. There were reports of the killing of Hindu teachers and rape of Hindu women in Bangladesh.
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On July 15, homes of Hindu minorities were set on fire in the particular Sahapara area of Lohagara, Narail. The mobs started setting houses on fire after Friday prayers, saying that an 18-year-old man from the neighbourhood hurt their religious feelings upon Facebook.
Hindu population in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, Hindus now comprise less than nine per cent of the total population. The census numbers have shown a marked reduction in the particular Hindu population over the past four decades, as per the report citing government data. It shows that over the course associated with the last 40 years, the percentage of the particular Hindu population of Bangladesh declined from 13. 5 per cent to 8. 5 per cent.
(With inputs from ANI)
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